The finals are set for the 11-12-year-old softball state tournament hosted by Dunkirk Little League, at Joe Karnes Field, at Wright Park.
Section 4's New City will meet Section 5's South Shore for the New York state Little League championship today at 1 p.m.
In Saturday's first semifinal matchup, South Shore defeated Section 6's North Bellmore-North Merrick by a score of 7-3.
OBSERVER?Photos by Jeremy Izzio
Pictured above is South Shore’s Kaitlin Duran sliding back into third base safely after a pickoff attempt by North Bellmore-North Merrick, during semifinal action of the 11-12-year-old New York State Little League Softball Tournament, on Saturday, at Joe Karnes Field, at Wright Park, in Dunkirk. Also pictured is North Bellmore-North Merrick third baseman Jenna Giliberti. Pictured at left is New City pitcher Samantha Kaner delivering a pitch during her team’s semifinal game against Chatham.
South Shore controlled the majority of the contest and only allowed two hits through the first four innings of play.
Danielle Maguire picked up the complete-game win for South Shore while striking out two.
Isabella Fiumefreddo once again led the South Shore offense, finishing with a double, triple and three runs scored.
Emily Conroy added a double and Kaitlin Doran chipped in two singles in the win.
Brianna Morse took the loss for NB-NM, striking out three in five-plus innings.
After being shut out for the first five innings, NB-NM pushed across three runs in the sixth.
With the bases loaded and no outs, Christina Burns drove a two-run double deep to left center, just missing a grand slam.
NB-NM plated another run on a sacrifice fly, but the rally came to end soon after as South Shore closed out the inning to advance to the finals.
In the second semifinal contest, New City pitchers Samantha Kaner and Kaitlyn Fudge combined to no hit Section 3's Chatham in a 10-0, five-inning victory.
New City previously no hit Section 2's Oneida on Wednesday.
Kaner picked up the win and struck out five before Fudge entered in relief, also striking out five.
Kaner also led the New City offense with two doubles and two runs scored.
Halle Medici added a triple, single and two runs scored while Nicole Guccione contributed two singles and two runs.
Jenna Skype took the loss for Chatham whose lone baserunners reached via three walks and two errors.
The winner of today's state championship will advance to the Regional round hosted on July 18-26 in Bristol, Conn. The winner of the Regional tournament advances to the Little League World Series Aug. 8-14 in Portland, Ore.